Jesse Daniel Ryder
(born 6 August 1984 in Masterton
) is a New Zealand
cricketer. He is a middle-order batsman for Tests and is an opening batsman in ODIs. Ryder also bowls useful medium-pace. He has previously represented his country in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup
of 2002. Ryder plays his domestic cricket with Wellington
after crossing there from Central Districts
in 2004 and is a member of their first-class
and List A
In the 2007/08 season Ryder played for Wellington
Ryder first gained national selection in December 2007, representing the New Zealand XI against Bangladesh in a Twenty/20 charity match. The New Zealand XI contained nine Black Caps
and two up-and-coming players, Ryder and Tim Southee
. However, due to injury he was unable to play the match.
On January 30, 2008, Ryder was chosen in the 12-man Twenty20 squad and the 13-man ODI squad to play England. New Zealand Cricket Selection Manager, Richard Hadlee
said "Jesse has the potential to provide an explosive start alongside Brendon McCullum at the top of the innings in both forms of the game." Ex-cricketer Adam Parore
subsequently hit out at the selector's decision to pick Ryder, claiming that he is "too fat" and "in no fit state to play for New Zealand."
In his first two Twenty20 games for NZ against England, Ryder scored 22 and 12 as New Zealand went on to lose both games... Read More